“ ViewSonic PT775 - Display - CRT - 17" - 1600 x 1280 / 77 Hz - 0.25 mm - VGA (HD-15) - white „
I have had my Viewsonic PT775 since I bought it new, in April of 1997. Yes, you read that right (or left, if you're a southpaw.) :-)
It has been utterly dependable, with clear, bright and well defined images and rarely a need to adjust settings. However, changing settings is quite straightforward and easy to do. I read in a review that the controls are small and am frankly puzzled by that comment. If I were wearing heavily insulated, thick mitts that might be the case, but not for these hands of mine.
While LCD monitors now abound, and relatively cheaply now, I prefer viewing the image generated by a good CRT and its colour rendition, particularly for graphics and photo work.
I live in Toronto, Canada, and will be moving to the UK in the first few months or so of 2006, at which point this monitor will have had very nearly 9 years of heavy use. It is doubtful that I will take this monitor overseas but if that were not a consideration, I'd certainly bring it along. It still functions perfectly. I utilise it a great deal and it has been rare when a day or night has gone by without my using it.
The only other thing for which I might wish would be a completely flat screen. The PT775 is flat vertically but not horizontally, though I can't say it has been a problem.
Based on my experience with this monitor, I'd go out of my way to purchase a new Viewsonic, likely a flat screen CRT 19" model.
When it comes to monitors, bigger is better. But if the images are not good, the view ends up being bigger, not better.
For anyone looking for beautifully rendered images in a larger display, the PT775 from ViewSonic is worth investigating. This is a fully-loaded 17-inch color monitor for professional graphics and desktop publishing with features that make work easier and viewing more pleasurable. The ViewSonic PT775 is built around the SonicTron aperture grill CRT, a vertically flat screen that produces images true in size and proportion corner to corner. Look at 16 inches of viewing area with a fine .25mm aperture grill pitch. With such little dot gap, even your high resolution images are brilliantly crisp and colorful. With the PT775, the Super Contrast screen is also impressive, treated with the ARAG process to eliminate glare and reflection. The PT775 supports a high resolution of 1600x1280 at a flicker-free 77Hz refresh rate. Patented OnView controls with onscreen menu let you easily customize your screen settings, such as brightness, contrast, trapezoid, horizontal and vertical positioning, and others. The ViewMatch function allows for precise adjustment of color temperature and strength to match displays to prints. The PT775 is PC and Macintosh compatible and is plug and play ready for easy setup and use under Windows 95. It has a universal power supply and meets Energy Star requirements for power management. Emissions are so low they comply with strict TCO '95 levels for safety, so long-term viewing is safer.